Sony today announced the new Xperia ZR featuring the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and Full HD videos underwater. This Android smartphone offers leading technology and content with a 4.6” HD Reality display, 13 megapixel fast capture camera, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and 4G LTE. Enjoy entertainment on the go with the super-sharp 4.6” HD Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The beautifully designed OptiContrast panel delivers a beautiful high quality viewing experience. The OptiContrast panel reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing, even in bright sunlight, and creates a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off. By eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, responsiveness of the screen is increased, so now your touch is both more effective and more intuitive.
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Denso has developed smaller and more cost-effective laser radar, which is an active safety technology that will help avoid low-speed collisions. Denso’s new laser radar is used as a sensor for the Smart Assist System of the Daihatsu Move, a compact vehicle released in the Japanese market last December. To consolidate space, the newly developed Denso laser radar features a simpler laser beam generation mechanism than previous versions. The electronic control unit is integrated into the signal processing boards, which was typically separate. Denso is able to reduce the overall size of the radar by using a smaller lens.
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Nissan has announced the start of field tests for the 100% electric e-NV200 compact van in Saitama City (Saitama Prefecture), one of the city authorities that have expressed enthusiasm for increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads as one step towards improving air quality. Based on the agreement signed between Saitama City and Nissan for the E-KIZUNA Project in 2009, the vehicle will be used as a field test car to facilitate deliveries between the Saitama City Hall and city offices.
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Asus today announced the dual-band RP-N53 Wi-Fi range extender, which uses strong internal antennas to increase wireless networking coverage. It works in concurrent 2.4GHz and 5GHz at up to 600Mbit/s alongside routers from Asus and other brands, overcoming obstacles to transmission to eliminate reception dead zones. Customers get stable internet access in bigger and multi-floor environments, including areas such garages, basements, backyards, and roofs. To pair the RP-N53 with routers, customers only need to press the WPS button, and setup is complete. WPS (wireless protected setup) is compatible with routers from Asus and all other brands, plus a wide range of client devices such as PCs, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and smart TVs.
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Samsung announced that it has successfully developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communications. The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks. 5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology. 5G will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station. Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.
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A new technology has been developed in Japan by Morishita Jintan and Mitsubishi that uses microbe-filled capsules to cheaply and quickly recover rare earth metals contained in industrial wastewater. If realized, this would be the first full-scale, commercial use of microbes to recover rare metals in Japan, something that is reportedly quite rare worldwide. Industrial wastewater from factories that use rare metals to manufacture electronics parts, automobiles and other products often contains trace amounts of the metals. Recovering these dregs could contribute to the efficient use of this precious resource. Morishita Jintan developed the recovery capsules, which are two-three millimeters in diameter, based on technology the firm uses in its bifidobacteria supplements. The capsules, which contain high concentrations of microbes, are put into an apparatus 1.9 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and 1.9 meters tall. This device is then incorporated into a factory’s drainage facilities. When wastewater passes through the device, microbes inside the capsules capture the rare metals. These dregs are later removed and burned, leaving behind rare metals the capsules had absorbed.
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Mitsubishi Electric announced today its new J1-Series power modules featuring a compact 6-in-1 package mainly for use in electric and hybrid vehicles. Power modules for automobiles must deliver higher reliability than industrial-use modules due to the extremely high standards for vehicle safety. Mitsubishi Electric pioneered the mass production of power modules for hybrid vehicles in 1997, and since then the demand for these modules has grown in parallel with the expanding global market for electric and hybrid vehicles.
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Panasonic today announced that it has developed a solar lantern that doubles as a charger for people living without electricity. With a built-in rechargeable battery to store solar energy during the day, the lantern provides light at night and can also be used as a power source to charge small mobile devices like mobile phones. The company plans to bring the lantern to the market in autumn this year after conducting marketing research in off-grid areas in Asia and Africa. About 1.32 billion people or approximately 20% of the world’s population are still living without electricity.
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Nikon today announced the introduction of newest Research Stereo Microscope SMZ25/SMZ18, featuring the largest zoom range, extremely high resolution and exceptionally bright Epi-fluorescence. The Nikon Research Stereo Microscope SMZ25/SMZ18 is ideally suited for both bioscience and medical fields as well as industrial fields. The extremely large zoom range and high resolution allow users to image the sample from its entirety down to its microscopic details. The new remote controller with focusing knob enables the researcher to change focus, zoom, and intensity of the diascopic LED light with ease, and can also be used to capture images.The new Nikon stereo microscopes incorporate a newly developed zoom system (Perfect Zoom System).
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As the newest member of the Olympus PEN Lite series, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL6 adds substantial new functionality to make creative photography even more easy and intuitive. By combining the FAST AF system that made Olympus’s flagship model, the OM-D E-M5, the world’s fastest with the Touch AF Shutter function, which allows users to take a picture by touching the Live View screen, users can now enjoy capturing the moment they want, wherever the subject is positioned, with instantaneous autofocus.
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